Wayne Kile's departure is amicable - and the rockers have already found a replacement...

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE guitarist WAYNE KILE has left the group.

The pair have amicably decided to go their separate ways, with the new guitarist announced as Brian Ottoson, who used to play with Minneapolis band Black Flood Diesel.

A statement reads: “Our split with Wayne is completely amicable and we wish him luck in his future endeavours. Over the past year, it became obvious that Wayne was moving in a different direction than the rest of the band, and in the past few months it became extremely apparent that it was time for him to move on.

“We’re very excited to have our old friend Brian on board to keep the insanity alive, and we feel that this is the beginning of a beautiful and disgusting relationship. Get ready for American Head Charge Version 3.0.”

The group will return to the UK for Ozzfest (May 25), as well as support on the Rammstein tour earlier that month.

For tickets, here for Ozzfest.